Exiting the salon with perfect hair colour can make you feel like you're on top of the world. They say good things don't last forever — and when it comes to hair colour, "forever" usually means six weeks, at which point you're due back at the salon to touch up your highlights. But it doesn't have to be that way. Take the fate of your hair colour into your own hands with these 10 tricks.

1. Work Out

The more moisturized your hair is, the better it holds colour. Use your gym session as the time to treat your strands to an extra dose of moisture: smooth coconut oil onto hair's ends and braid it before exercising. The heat from working out will help lock in the moisture.

2. Raid your pantry

...for apple cider vinegar, that is. Once a month, mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water, and use the mixture to rinse your strands after your regular shampoo and conditioner routine. The rinse will freshen highlights and boost shine by removing the dulling mineral buildup that's accumulated on the hair shaft.

3. Turn down the heat. 

As good as piping-hot showers feel, you've probably heard that they're a recipe for dry, rough skin. And failing to turn down the temperature dashes your chances of great-looking colour, too. Super-hot water opens the cuticle and washes away the dye.

4. Embrace hat hair.

Now that spring's here, it's especially important to protect your colour from UV rays, which will fade your shade in the same way they lighten your patio furniture's cushions. Wearing a hat or scarf when outdoors to keep your colour bright.

5. Use sunscreen.

On your hair? That's right. You can beef up your defense against UV rays with a conditioning product that has built-in UV protection. We love our Smooth Shine Hair Serum because it protects hair from the sun and softens hair without leaving it greasy.

6. Don't DIY.

As tempting as it may be to reach for a drugstore root touch-up kit, leave it on the shelf—since the pigments aren't tailored to your existing colour, they can completely botch your look. Instead, get a touch-up between appointments. It's possible to extend your colour for a few weeks without getting a full-on colour treatment. The secret? Asking for a few highlights that frame your face. It will keep your hair looking flawless until your next regular appointment.

7. Ask for a balayage technique.

For colour that grows out seamlessly (meaning it'll look good even if you can't make it back to the salon for a couple months), ask for hand-painted highlights, also known as the balayage technique. Get consultation from our hair stylists to learn more about the benefits of this technique. 

8. Skip a shampoo.

If there's one thing just about every colourist will agree on, it's that washing your hair frequently does more harm than good. The detergents meant to get grime off your scalp cause colour to fade faster. To put off shampooing without suffering a greasy look, invest in a great dry shampoo.

9. Choose the right shampoo.

However, for humid weather like in Asia, there's no way you could stand to skip shampooing your hair. Avoid using dandruff control shampoo on coloured hair as it will strip off your hair colour faster. We suggest you to use shampoo that caters for chemically or colour treated hair such as Stem Cell Chemically Treated Shampoo because its good to keep the hair colour vibrancy as it gently cleanses without stripping hair colour. 

10. Treat Your Hair.

Maintain colour and boost shine between sessions by scheduling a treatment at your salon. It adds a shiny coat and locks the colour in. Plus, it'll neutralize any brassiness and seal the hair's cuticle so it reflects light and looks fresh. Try Stem Cell Hair Treatment as often as once a month.